PISCATAQUIS COUNTY — For over seven years Piscataquis County and its leaders in horticulture have presented free tomato seedlings to the community.
Piscataquis County leaders teamed up with the University of Maine to make this possible. So far over 2,600 cherry tomato seedlings have been distributed to local gardeners.
“We decided to go with cherry tomatoes because there is a higher chance of success and a higher chance that the tomatoes will ripen during the summer,” said Donna Coffin, UMaine extension professor.
Distribution of this year’s seedlings starts Thursday, June 3 at the Dover-Foxcroft Area Food Cupboard. Coffin said the purpose behind the free tomato plants is to encourage more people to grow their own veggies.